Eggplant Boat with Cheese
(Peynirli Patlican Kayigi - Aegean Region)
2 medium-size eggplants
2-3 garlic cloves, do not peel
1/2 cup feta (white) cheese, crumbled (Turkish Kashar can also be used).(Mozzarella or Asiago) cheese
2-3 tbsp parsley, chopped
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
Before putting the eggplants in the oven, make holes on the eggplants with a fork so that they will soften and roast better. Then, place them on an oven tray with the garlic cloves and roast for about 25 minutes on broil (alternatively, you can barbecue them until softened). Remove the garlic cloves from the oven a bit earlier and peel them, they will be roasted quickly.
Place all the filling ingredients on a plate and mix them with fork. Split and open the eggplants lengthwise with the tip of the knife. If there is any, remove the hard seeds. Then, fill them equally with the filling.
Serve it while it is still warm with the spoon.
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